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Vegetables (As Weaning Food)

Mashed, well-cooked vegetables

Method of preparation
Vegetables should first be boiled, then mashed in a blender, and then strained.  It is important to strain the vegetables until the baby is about 7 months old.  After the baby is 7 months, straining is not required because vegetable fiber is very nutritious and contains certain useful toxins. 

Quantity of feed
Begin feeding the child with a couple of spoons and then gradually increase the quantity every succeeding week to the limit accepted by the baby.   Dark green leafy vegetables, carrots and pumpkin are very healthy. 

Salt, butter and other additives
There is no need to add salt to the vegetables, since there is enough sodium in the vegetables. The baby's system is not ready to handle too much salt in the first few months of life.  Ghee, butter or cooking oil can also be added for flavor as well as for calories. 

Iron and Vitamin C
Vegetables like spinach are high in iron.  In order to improve the absorption of iron into the baby's system, you need to give vitamin C.  Vegetables like tomato and cauliflower contain vitamin C and therefore can be a good complement to spinach.  Multivitamin drops also contain vitamin C and can be given once a day, right after a meal.

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